Blogger: Lisa Chang
After a whole semester studying abroad in Italy, I have finally returned to Oxy! Despite the small changes here and there, it's like I never really left. The stir-fry is still on point, the library entrance still gushes wind as if Beyonce's about to strut through, the readings are still never-ending, and people are still overly-friendly. As someone who's moved a lot in the past few years, it's hard to pin point where my "home" is. But returning to Oxy after a semester abroad definitely solidified this feeling of belonging that I feel on campus.
On my campus tours, I tend to tell visitors the big impressive things that make Oxy one of a kind. But in actuality, I really feel like the small things are what makes Oxy home to me. Whether it's the Housing staff forcing me to take a dozen free donuts, late night studying sessions (ahem, taco truck runs) with friends, or people's crazy obsession with boba (there's virtually a boba fundraiser on campus every week), I'm trying not to take any of these things for granted.
While school is in full swing now and midterm exams calls for late nights in the library, I do not feel stressed in the slightest. I'm taking classes that I enjoy tremendously, and I am working towards a post-grad goal, rather than paddling aimlessly in an abyss of uncertainty. Of course, there are still many things about my future that are still up in the air, but in the mean time, I take comfort in the fact that I have a strong support system here at Oxy.
Sorry to go all deep and emotional on y'all, but I feel like this is just one way for me to express how much I appreciate everything this school has given me. While no college is perfect in any sense, Oxy is perfect for me (insert cheesy grin emoji).